Since 2013, on May 22, we celebrate both the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his most-known creation: Sherlock Holmes, one of the most loved and most famous detectives in the world.

According to the author, the character was inspired by a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary named Joseph Bell. The surgeon was known for his ability to draw correct conclusions based on minute observations.

There is another person who is believed to have influenced the character, and that is Francis "Tanky" Smith, a policeman.

How To Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day

Fun Facts about Sherlock Holmes:

Both Sherlock and Dr. Watson had others name in the original script. Sherlock was Sherrinford and Watson was Ormond Sacker. We are happy that Doyle decided to change their names, though.

How To Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day

When we think about Sherlock Holmes, we imagine him with his iconic deerstalker and pipe. However, the truth is that he was never described wearing a hat in the books.

The iconic image was inspired by an illustration that Sidney Paget created for Strand magazine.

How To Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day

Just like the hat, the famous saying "Elementary, my dear Watson" was never said by the legendary detective in the book.

If you think that Sherlock is the most portrayed literary character in film of all times, you are only half right. He is the most-portrayed fictional human character, but the title for the most-portrayed fictional character belongs to Dracula, a non-human.

How To Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day

How to Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day

If you love to read, you can read one of the detective's many adventures. If you would like to just chill and stay in bed, there are a lot of movies and even series based on this amazing character that you can watch.

My favorite is the TV series from 2010, Sherlock.

If you want to be more active, why not do a bit of detective work yourself? Maybe you are dying to know some sort of secret you think somebody is keeping from you.

If you have kids or friends who have lived under a rock their whole life and don't know about the great detective, why not introduce them to this wonderful world created by Conan Doyle? 


20 THOUGHTS ON “How to Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day”

by lavandamichelle

What a wonderful post! I love Sherlock Holmes, its an amazing TV show. Thanks for sharing! :)

by Ruth I.

These are fun facts. I love watchng Sherlock Holmes movies. I haven’t heard of such celebration too until today.

by Ally Jones

This is such a cool day. I’ve never heard of it.

by kim

Didn’t even know there was such a day! What fun ideas you have for celebrating!

by Evelyn, PathofPresence

Sherlock Holmes is a household name – why not have a holiday? The mystery inspires thoughts, problem solving and adventure – as life ☺️

by Nikka Shae

I remember growing up watching the old shows! This brings back fun memories.

by Carrie Liu

Didn’t know there is a Sherlock Holmes day! Binge watching the show seems like a good celebration haha.

by Paula

What? Her never actually wore the hat in the book?? :) So fun…

by Nisha

this was an interesting post. I never knew or heard about the Sherlock Holmes day :) before

by Kiwi

That is so cute there is a Sherlock Holmes Day! Makes me want to watch the movies again!

by Smoshe

I didnt know there is such a thing as sherlock Holmes day.. another reason to celebrate!

by Haley Czarnik

Wow, I never knew today was considered Sherlock Holmes day! I think I saw the Sherlock Holmes movie from 2009 with my dad. I don’t remember much of it because I was only 9, but I did remember I liked it. I will have to check out the television series and the movies!

by Essi

This may sound a little weird but I never considered myself a Sherlock Holmes fan. I just could never get interested in it.

by Princess Quinn

I think a nicer way of celebrating is knowing what to celebrate first. The movies and recreations of the well known detective are great. The movies are must see.

by Heather @ Kraus House Mom

I didn’t realize there was a Sherlock Holmes Day. I loved watching the Benedict Cumberbatch version. My husband and I looked forward to it.

by Sarah Bailey

Hands up I had no idea there was a Sherlock Holmes day I totally need to get into the celebrations for this! Now where to start.

by Amber Myers

I’ve always liked Sherlock Holmes. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a day for him seeing as there seems to be a day for everything. I did enjoy the Sherlock movies—I haven’t seen the show yet.

by Hannah Marie

You know what they say, women are great detectives. Lol! I believe that it is true.

by CAssie

I never knew that was the Sherlock Holmes day. This is so cool I’m going up to look into it more

by Geoff C

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